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Spirometry Enhances Identification of High-Risk Patients With Asthma

Homer Boushey, MD; Paul Enright, MD
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Affiliations: San Francisco, CA ,  Phoenix, AZ ,  Dr. Boushey is Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Enright is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona.

Correspondence to: Homer Boushey, MD, Box 0130; 1292-M, University of California San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143-0130; e-mail: homer.boushey@ucsf.edu



Chest. 2007;132(4):1112-1113. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1729
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A theme of the newly released Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma of the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm) is that asthma severity and asthma control must be considered in two domains. The first, “current impairment,” is a function of the frequency and severity of symptoms, nocturnal awakenings, and interference with ability to perform tasks. The second, “future risk,” is a function of the risk of exacerbations, progressive loss of pulmonary function, or progression to a more severe form of asthma.

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